LEWISTON — People who leave vehicles parked on city streets after midnight could face fines.
The city bans parking on streets after midnight from Dec. 1 through April 15 to accommodate snow removal. For the past week or 10 days, police have been leaving warnings on vehicles parked on the street, said Sgt. Marc Robitaille of the Lewiston Police Department. He said 300 to 400 of the informational pamphlets have been issued.
But from now on, there won't be warnings. Vehicles left on the street after midnight for more than an hour — regardless of the weather — will be issued $22 tickets, and the fines double if they're not paid promptly, Robitaille said.
The city needs to have cars off the streets so snowplows will be able to maneuver. "Our goal is not to issue tickets," Robitaille said.
He said the students at Bates College were warned in a mass e-mail not to park on the street during the snow months.